A Call to Fast and Pray

When a friend began a 40-day juice fast, she thought she would be praying for her family. But as she prayed, God re-directed her burden. She was to intercede for revival in America. She is one who understands the price required for a revival in our nation.

Dr. Bill Bright reported that during his fast, something extraordinary happened. "I distinctly sensed a sobbing in my spirit and, amazingly, I knew our Lord was weeping. I was startled at first. And although I did not know why He was weeping, I began to sob, too. Then I sensed Him saying, 'My people have forgotten one of the most important disciplines of the Christian life, the major key of revival.' And I knew He meant fasting with prayer."

Dr. J. B. Chapman, speaking of past revivals, said, "If the revival did not come readily, we called a fast, and sometimes these fasts lasted for three days on the stretch. I remember one fast that ran three days, then a day off for eating, then another three days, then a day off for eating, and then another three days' fast. And I don't need to tell you that the revival broke."

God never does anything as major as sending a revival without someone first fasting and praying for it. Jonathan Edwards who was God's instrument in the revival in New England, fasted for 22 hours prior to preaching his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

Fasting is a very powerful tool the Lord has given us. He waits for our praying to be so desperate that we cry out, "I want You, God, more than the pleasure of food!"

I invite you to join us in praying and fasting for revival. If you are willing to pray and fast for revival fire to come during the October Come to the Fire conference in Grove City, Ohio, please reply to this email.

"Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD" (Joel 1:14).